Prince William stunned Polish diners last night by arriving at an LGBTQ+ restaurant for a £7.50 meal while making a surprise visit to the country.
Pictures from the Butero Bistro in Warsaw showed the Prince of Wales sitting around a table with a group of Kensington Palace staff, while placing an order with a waiter.
The images were shared by a local, who along with the photographs wrote: ‘Warsaw can surprise. I ate dinner today with the Prince.’ They were quickly picked up by local media, who shared their surprise at the royal appearance.
A source told Mail Online that William, 40, had asked to join Kensington Palace staff for dinner at a local restaurant they had booked nearby.
‘The team from Kensington Palace booked a local restaurant near where they were working and the prince decided to join them,’ the source said. ‘He asked them what they were doing and then asked to come along. It was a great night by all accounts.’
‘The team really appreciated him asking to join them,’ they added.
Prince William stunned Polish customers last night by arriving at an LGBTQ+ restaurant for dinner (pictured) while making a surprise visit to the country
Pictures from the Butero Bistro in Warsaw showed the Prince of Wales sitting around a table with a group of Kensington Palace staff, while placing an order with a waiter (pictured)
Butero Bistro in Warsaw (pictured) advertises itself as ‘your queerspace with comfort food’, while its logo is made up of the colours of the rainbow. It opened in November last year and promotes itself as a LGBTQ+-friendly place with a neon rainbow coloured sign
The local who shared the images joked that he was ‘wondering what to order. But the service here is great and helped.
‘It is valuable that he supported the community so abused by the current authorities in Poland,’ they added, referring to the Polish government’s crackdown on LGBTQ+ rights, which has been criticised by rights groups and the EU.
The bistro advertises itself as ‘your queerspace with comfort food’, while its logo is made up of the colours of the rainbow.
The central Warsaw venue organises karaoke nights for drag queens and has gathered a cult following for its opposition to the government’s conservative views.
Opened in November last year and promoting itself as a LGBTQ+-friendly place with a neon rainbow coloured sign, owner Paweł Zasim said that the restaurant ‘is an inclusive space where everyone can feel good.’
Speaking to MailOnline on Thursday, Zasim said: ‘We had absolutely no idea they were coming.
‘We had a table booked for 12 people under the name of Daisy. It was supposed to be a Daisy birthday party.
‘But then a bodyguard appeared and said that this wasn’t going to be a Daisy birthday party and then Prince William walked in.
‘They said they had a good time, they spent three hours here with the other guests that were already here.
‘He ate our sandwich in a braided roll with pulled pork. And he ate everything so I think he liked it.’
Offering butter-based dishes, the simplest item on the menu is ‘fresh bread with lard in three flavours’ for the equivalent of £3.50.
The future King of England’s ‘Kanapka w chałce’ dish cost the equivalent of just under £7.50. According to the bistro’s menu, the chalka bread sandwich (the Polish version of challah bread) could have a filling of either pulled pork or jackfruit – and is served with fries and garlic mayo.
William, who is first in line to the British throne, paid a visit to Rzeszow yesterday – just miles from the Ukrainian border – before travelling to Warsaw. His visit has been shrouded in secrecy, and he travelled under massive security to the country.
Speaking today, he echoed his late grandmother the Queen by laying a wreath at a monument dedicated to soldiers in Poland.
William placed down the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw on Thursday morning. Queen Elizabeth II and the late Duke of Edinburgh did the same during their state visit to Poland in 1996.
William was greeted by a guard of honour and carried the assortment of flowers to the monument, spending around 10 minutes there before leaving.
On the wreath was a note reading: ‘In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice’. Passers-by waved to William before he was driven off.
The images were shared by a local to his Instagram, who along with the photograph wrote: ‘Warsaw can surprise. I ate dinner today with the Prince.’ He joked that he was ‘wondering what to order. But the service here is great’
Pictured: The chair Prince William sat in on Wednesday night in the Bistro, which has seen been labelled by the owner
Pictured: The menu at the Butero Bistro in Warsaw. The owner told MailOnline that Prince William had ‘Kanapka w chałce’ (fourth on the list) which costs around £7.50
Pictured: The exterior of Butero Bistro as seen on Thursday, the day after William’s visit
Prince William has made a surprise visit to Poland this week where he showed his support for British troops stationed near the country’s border with Ukraine. Today, he was seen arriving at a food market (pictured) to meet with groups of young Ukrainian refugees, who since fleeing Ukraine have settled in Warsaw
Pictured: Prince William, Prince of Wales, lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the monument dedicated to Polish soldiers who lost their lives in conflict, during day two of his visit on March 23, 2023 in Warsaw
Earlier today, the Prince met Poland’s President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw.
The president’s office said on Twitter that Duda spoke with Prince William about humanitarian aid for Ukraine. ‘The Prince of Wales thanked the Poles for their generosity and hospitality,’ Duda’s office said.
Poland, the largest country on NATO’s eastern flank, is currently home to over a million refugees from neighbouring Ukraine, and has been widely praised for its help for those fleeing the conflict and for its military support.
The prince will later visit the Hala Koszyki food hall to hear from those who have left Ukraine after Russia’s invasion last year and is set to meet Duda again – this time at the Presidential Palace.
William said the two-day trip will allow him to personally thank troops and ‘underline’ his support and gratitude for the Polish people who have aided Ukrainian refugees.
It came after he thanked British troops roughly an hour’s drive from the Ukrainian border for ‘defending our freedoms’ by ‘keeping an eye on’ the situation in Ukraine.
After arriving at the defence military base in the south-eastern Polish city of Rzeszow on Wednesday afternoon, the prince, dressed casually in a black puffer jacket and trousers, was shown a missile launcher.
Speaking to the soldiers, he said: ‘I just wanted to come here in person to say thank you for all that you’re doing, keeping everyone safe out here and keeping an eye on what’s going on.
‘So, just a big thank you for what you do on a day-to-day basis.’
Pictured: Polish President Andrzej Duda (right) and Britain’s William, the Prince of Wales (left), talk to each other during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, March 23
Yesterday, the Prince of Wales met British troops and thanked them for ‘defending our freedoms’ during a surprise visit to Poland – just miles from the Ukrainian border
He added: ‘You’re doing a really important job out here and defending our freedoms is really important, and everyone back home thoroughly supports you.’
Later on Wednesday he visited an office block in Warsaw which had been converted into an accommodation centre housing about 300 Ukrainian women and children Ukrainians who have fled the war.
Accompanied by Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, the Prince of Wales spoke with residents of the centre and even took part in a game of table tennis.
The royal’s trip, which had not been publicised in advance, is taking place under tight security. It is his first trip to Poland since he visited in 2017 with his wife, the Princess of Wales.